At Murphy-Goode, winemaking isn't just a family business; it's a family tradition - one
that's endured since its founding in 1985 by friends Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave
Ready, and lives on in its current owners, the Jackson family. It's a tradition based on a
shared appreciation of friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of course, a
good bottle of wine.
Although currently more Bordeaux focused, in the early days of Murphy-Goode "a
good bottle of wine" meant one of two things: fume blanc or chardonnay, both made
with grapes harvested entirely from Murphy Ranch and Murphy-Goode Vineyard. But
as the popularity of their wine grew, so did the need for additional vineyards.
The solution? Simply bring more friends into the gold by creating partnerships with
local farms and neighbors who shared the Murphy-Goode vision. In the summer of
2006, one such neighbor, friend and fellow winemaker Jess Jackson, displayed such a
strong belief in this vision that he purchased Murphy-Goode.
The winery is still very much a family-oriented operation today, with the Murphys
retaining their original vineyards and David Ready, Jr., son of one of the original
founders, continuing on as Murphy-Goode's winemaker. Though now, of course, they
create more than just fume blanc and chardonnay. In fact in recent years, as newly
planted vineyards have come into production, the winery's focus has shifted from
primarily white wine to distinctive reds - particularly Bordeaux blends produced from
grape varieties that excel in the Alexander Valley.
And so the tradition continues: friendship, hard work, a wicked sense of humor and, of
course, a good bottle of wine.